Chris Burnside: Transposing and Mapping

Installation at Alpan Gallery, 2007
Tape directly on the wall

My work consists primarily of cut/panel pieces in wood, installations, murals, works on paper and photography. The imagery alludes to architectural spaces, without literally depicting them, creating lines that simultaneously obscure and dissolve connections to the world while maintaining a link to physical realities of ornament, texture and most importantly a viewer’s changing position.

Around the city, layered accumulation of surfaces, paint, graffiti, scrapes, marks, and stains create vivid, unexpected formal relationships that reveal the history of their making and are an important source for my work. Transposing the process that formed these chance discoveries is a mapping activity within individual works as well as across the cut plywood panels, works on paper, and installations. Often, as in cartography, distortions, elaborations, and vandalism are coaxed into the work recording my dialogue inside the making.

Installation at Camel Art Space, 2009
Acrylic on Walls and Windows

Installation at Small Black Door, 2011
22 ga. wire

Installation for Storefronts Seattle, 2012
acrylic, strand board, fluorescent light, metal studs, wire mesh

Chris Burnside lives and works in Seattle. He has shown at the National Academy Museum, New York, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn and Nexus Foundation, Philadelphia. His has created site-specific installations in Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Seattle, most recently for Storefronts Seattle and the NEPO 5k Don't Run in Seattle.

Chris Burnside completed a BFA in painting at the University of Washington in 1996 and an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001.

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Work on paper, 2011
acrylic and ink on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Work on paper, 2014
acrylic and ink on folded paper, 10 x 7 x 1/2 inches

2014, acrylic and ink on paper, 10 x 7 inches   

2011, acrylic and ink on paper, 12 x 9 inches